New School Artist Finds Career

"Brenda" by Justin Delacuesta, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

#LPTrendsArt: Anime fans also loved the midnight movie Heavy Metal (1981), the Canadian fantasy-animated film by Gerald Potterton that mashed up a handful of juicy mini comic stories by animators of the day – fans loved that Sammy Hagar’s song of the same name memorialized their experience while they partook of their youthful abandon. That film experience made us feel titillated, mesmerized by the surrealism of animation being so real, and we fawned over their ability to create female characters of great voluptuous form and emotion. That is the art of Justin Delacuesta, a Filipino-American with flair for graffiti, anime, and comic influences of the past. Gotta love the new school kids with old school cool who seem to be tuning into a global artistic heartbeat that is hard to ignore. For what comes from this art is an elevated narrative and authentic style and power. His images bleed the truth while reminding us it is still fun and games.

Currently Justin resides and works in Sacramento, having studied Illustration at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and at the Art institute of Los Angeles.

Justin Delaquesta, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

Justin grew up loving comics, graffiti and Japanese animation and his style reflects the combination of all 3, always refining as he is very much influenced by his love for architecture, the dynamics of the human body, and spatial analysis.

Regionally in Norcal he’s done work for, Empire Comics, mural work for Firehouse Crawfish and Cafe M in South Sacramento, logo’s for Nishiki Sushi in Midtown and at the Bottle Capp Gallery in SF. He also received a 1st place for‘s sneaker design contest.

Justin has had many shows in Sacramento’s regional Second Saturday Art Walk where he also likes to support and include artists who have not shown their work before, encouraging them to push their art into the “wild”. Justin also prides himself in working for Tom’s shoes, and actively participating for their local ” Style your Sole ” events, where customers come in and purchase a pair of Tom’s and customize the shoes with his art free of charge.

"The BartRide Home" by Justin Delaquesta, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

He has also had the great opportunity to show work at Hotel des Arts in San Francisco and at the Adidas Concept Shop on Haight Ashbury Street also in San Francisco. Justin currently does contract work for BioWare ,a division of EA Sports in MidTown, and he is a consultant for

We just love his work and think you will, too.

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Article by Tracy Saville, June 4, 2012

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